Tuesday, March 6, 2012

indepth/in depth: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Tuesday, March 6, 2012

indepth/in depth
You can make an “in-depth” study of a subject by studying it “in depth,” but never “indepth.” Like “a lot” this expression consists of two words often mistaken for one. The first, adjectival, use of the phrase given above is commonly hyphenated, which may lead some people to splice the words even more closely together. “Indepth” is usually used as an adverb by people of limited vocabulary who would be better off saying “profoundly” or “thoroughly.” Some of them go so far as to say that they have studied a subject “indepthly.” Avoid this one if you don’t want to be snickered at.

The latest blog post by Paul Brians looks at an expression that has been cut short—too short.

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